The word "Jubilee" has its roots in the Hebrew word "yo-bel", which means "ram's horn." A careful distinction is made between an ordinary trumpet (sho-far) and the ram's horn (yo-bel). The ordinary trumpet was used for many things but the ram's horn was blown only by the priest and it was used only on very special occasions. It was the blowing of the ram's horn that preceded the falling of the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:20) and it was the blowing of the ram's horn that signaled the beginning of the year of Jubilee -- a year of freedom -- a year when servants were set free and when those who had been compelled to sell their property in previous years had their land restored to them once again.
There are many comparisons we could make between the people who celebrated that first Jubilee and those who celebrated Jubilee '78. They too are God's chosen people. They have been set free from the bondage of sin through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Through his suffering, death, and resurrection in their behalf, they have been restored to their Father's home and family. Together participants celebrated and proclaimed the freedom which is theirs in Christ.
[ Entrance | Introduction | 1978: Kansas City | 1980: Ft. Collins | 1983: San Antonio | 1986: Washington, D.C. | 1989: Denver | 1992: New Orleans | 1995: San Antonio | 1998: Atlanta ]
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